Monday November 24, 2008

Dancing Robots

Robots in the new Motoman Robotics Lab gave a "command" performance Nov. 21 to celebrate their new home.

Dancing robots, directed by a master robot, performed to the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies," the opening to Star Wars and "Mr. Roboto" to celebrate the dedication of the Motoman Robotics Lab at the University of Dayton, Friday, Nov. 21.

In addition to enhancing the arts scene, the new robots will provide academic and research benefits to Ohio. The new lab could enhance Ohio manufacturing capabilities and provide opportunities for Ohio industry to partner with UD to research new ideas.

Two Ohio companies — SAS Automation and Motoman — already have made investments and contributions to the University valued by the companies at more than $500,000.

UD President Daniel J. Curran, Joseph Saliba, interim UD provost; Don Moon, chair of UD's electrical and computer engineering department; Steve Barhorst, Motoman president; and Trent Fisher, SAS Automation president, spoke during the dedication in Kettering Labs Room 232.

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